ATLANTA - After a long process, we know now, Keisha Lance Bottoms will be Atlanta's next mayor as mayoral candidate Mary Norwood says she will not contest the results of the election.
In a statement sent to FOX 5 News Norwood says, "The process is now complete and although there were some irregularities with the election, I have decided not to contest it."
Norwood recently called for a recount and two county boards of elections recounted all of the ballots in the Atlanta mayoral contest.
The outcome still put Keisha Lance Bottoms on top. In fact, just eleven ballots changed with the net impact of a single vote difference. Bottoms maintained her margin of just over 800 votes.
But Mary Norwood was not happy with the way the recount was conducted.
Norwood wanted ballots inspected and hand counted. The elections director, Richard Barron, answered her complaints saying staffers did a hand count a small percentage of paper ballots, all within the law.
Norwood says she owed her supporters a careful analysis of the results and added that the right thing for her now is to move and hold the new administration accountable to serve the city.
In response, Mayor-elect Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement since to FOX 5 News, "I appreciate the passion Ms. Norwood has shown towards our city and look forward to working with leaders across Atlanta to continue to improve our communities."
Lance Bottoms will be sworn in as Atlanta's 60th Mayor on January 2.